05 Feb

London Dentist Help with Bad Breath

Halitosis, or bad breath is a problem that many people don’t even know that they have, that can cause them embarrassment. You should visit your London dentist if you feel or you were told that you have bad breath. Your London dentist can help you to solve this problem. There are many causes of bad breath, and your dentist can help figure out the cause and suggest treatments. Certain foods have been known to cause bad breath, including onions and garlic. When these foods are ingested, their metabolites remain in your blood stream until they are expired by the air in your lungs. Even though you try to mask the odour of these foods, with toothpastes or mouthwashes, the odours remain until these foods are completely metabolised and eliminated from the body.
Other causes of bad breath include bacteria and food debris left behind in your mouth. These can be removed by proper oral hygiene practices. Mouthwash use really only masks bad breath, and can in turn reduce friendly bacteria in your mouth, thus causing an overgrowth of more harmful and sulphur-producing bacteria, that add to the bad breath. Mouth dryness (xerostomia) can lead to bad breath and even make it worse if bad breath already is present. Mouth dryness doesn’t allow saliva to wash away bacteria and food debris normally. Sugar-free hard candies and chewing gum can help. Certain lifestyle factors can also cause bad breath, such as smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages. Medical ailments can also lead to bad breath. Your medical history will be reviewed by your London dentist, and if necessary, your dentist will refer you to a physician that can help with these problems and the resultant bad breath.